Back in August, I wrote about one of my favorite books of 2014, The 101 Best Film Noir Posters From The 1940s-1950s. This afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Eastern, Turner Classic Movies will be showing one of the movies whose poster I spotlighted in that piece. Anthony Mann’s 1950 thriller Side Street is a nerve-wracking tale of right and wrong, starring Farley Granger as a New York City postman who steals what he thinks is a small amount of money from a sleazy attorney, and mistakenly ends up taking enough cash that he gets in trouble with both the mob and the cops. Mann focuses on the postman’s mounting panic, watching his sweaty face as he immediately regrets taking advantage of an opportunity. Side Street is a noir from the era when the genre was shading into docu-realism and using real locations to make gritty stories ever grittier. Mann brings some expressionisistic verve to those New York streets, building up to an extended chase sequence where the city looks like a dangerous maze, with lines no honest man should cross.
December 17, 2014 Cable Pick Of The Day